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Civil Rights and Diversity Management: Similarities, Differences and Tensions

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Friday, January 14, 2005

Mr. Julian Bond and Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., as they participate in an intimate conversation during the first MLK Leadership Breakfast. This a rare opportunity to hear these thought leaders in civil rights and diversity management.

Over the past 20 years, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., has been at the forefront of developing and implementing innovative concepts and strategies for maximizing organizational and individual potential through Diversity Management. As the industry thought leader, Dr. R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr., CEO of Roosevelt Thomas Consulting & Training (RTCT), has moved the concept of diversity to new levels of application. His leading edge constructs of Diversity and Managing Diversity have been widely circulated in his books: *Building a House for Diversity*; *Beyond Race and Gender*; and *Redefining Diversity*. These are considered landmark works in the diversity field. His fifth major work, *Building on the Promise of Diversity*, was released in the fall of 2005.
From his student days to his current Chairmanship of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Julian Bond has been an active participant in the movements for civil rights and economic justice. As an activist who has faced jail for his convictions, as a veteran of more than 20 years service in the Georgia General Assembly, a university professor and a writer, he has been on the cutting edge of social change since 1960. He was a founder, in 1960 while a student at Morehouse College of the Atlanta student sit-in and anti-segregation organization and of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). As SNCC's Communications Director, Bond was active in protests and registration campaigns throughout the South. Bond serves as Chairman of the Premier Auto Group PAG (Volvo, Land Rover, Aston-Martin, and Jaguar) Diversity Council and is on the Boards of People for the American Way, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Council for a Livable World, and the advisory board of the Harvard Business School Initiative on Social Enterprise, among others. He was a commentator on America's Black Forum, the oldest black-owned show in television syndication. His poetry and articles have appeared in numerous publications. He has narrated numerous documentaries, including the Academy Award winning "A Time For Justice" and the prize-winning and critically acclaimed series "Eyes On The Prize." He has served since 1998 as Chairman of the Board of the NAACP, the oldest and largest civil rights organization in the United States. In 2002, he received the prestigious National Freedom Award. The holder of twenty-five honorary degrees, he is a Distinguished Professor at American University in Washington, DC, and a Professor in history at the University of Virginia